2011

If the broad lowest-common denominator comedy Last Vegas is The Hangover of oldster party movies, then the indie feature Old Goats is that genre’s Best in Show.

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France submitted this touching film, new out on Blu-ray and DVD, as their official selection for the Foreign Language Film Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards because that’s the year it was released here in the States.

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Cyril is an 11-year-old boy who refuses to believe that his father has just up and left him, even going so far as selling his sole possession — the bicycle his father gave him. An active camera darts around, projecting Cyril’s kinetic energy and his unwillingness to be contained, until he’s exactly where he wants to be.

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Looking for something different to rent? A concert documentary from one of rock’s icons and a classic romantic film are out on DVD and Blu-ray now.

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The big DVD and Blu-ray release this week was Marvel’s The Avengers, but since that is now the third-biggest movie in the world and you’ve probably already seen it at least twice by now, I thought I’d review two new movies out on Blu-ray and DVD that you may have missed.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a backwoods version of American Psycho with equal parts gross-out humor and over-the-top acting.

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Here are some capsule movie reviews of the phallic documentary The Final Member and the vulgar comedy New Kids Nitro from Fantastic Fest 2012 in Austin, TX.

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The eighth Fantastic Fest is now officially underway! And while I can’t wait to start gorging myself on movies until I’m so sleep deprived I consider voting for a third party candidate, I realize that a lot of you can’t make the trip down to Austin or aren’t yet sold on the world’s most badass [...]

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An animated children’s movie about pirates and a drama about a man living his life out of order are two new DVDs out now.

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They may not be have any Hollywood actors in them, but the two movies in today’s DVD review are definitely worth checking out.

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Two comedies that may appeal to very different crowds (‘The Three Stooges’ and ‘Footnote’) are new out on Blu-ray and DVD.

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A long-delayed dramatic movie with some big stars (‘Margaret’) and a not-needed sequel with some actors who probably needed the work (‘American Reunion’) are available on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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Two comedies that were big hits at the box office have made their way to DVD and Blu-ray and you may want to check them out.

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Arguably, the insular nature of Spokane, Washington — isolated as it was — is what the music-scene documentary SpokAnarchy! is attempting to represent and reproduce. Unfortunately, it comes off as being a tale of people you’ve never heard of, referencing people with whom they’re familiar, but you’re not.

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In Game of Shadows, Ritchie and his screenwriters give Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law (as Holmes and his sidekick Watson) more witty dialogue and funnier situations, which is what keeps the whole high-energy affair from becoming total overkill.

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